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In the various roles he has undertaken through the years, Val J. Halamandaris has been a singular driving force behind the policy and program initiatives resulting in the recognition of home health care as a viable alternative to institutionalization. His dedication to consumer advocacy, which enhances the quality of life and dignity of those receiving home health care, merits VNA HealthCare Group’s highest recognition and deepest respect. 

VNA HealthCare Group

I have the highest respect for them, especially for the nurses, aides and therapists, who devote their lives to caring for people with disabilities, the infirm and dying Americans.  There are few more noble professions.

President Barack Obama

Home health care agencies do such a wonderful job in this country helping people to be able to remain at home and allowing them to receive services

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) Chair, Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee

Heath care at home…is something we need more of, not less of.  Let us make a commitment to preventive and long-term care.  Let us encourage home care as an alternative to nursing homes and give folks a little help to have their parents there.

Former President Bill Clinton

Home care is a combination of compassion and efficiency.  It is less expensive than institutional care...but at the same time it is a more caring, human, intimate experience, and therefore it has a greater human’s a big mistake not to try to maximize it and find ways to give people the home care option over either nursing homes, hospitals or other institutions

Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich (R-GA)

Medicaid covers long-term care, but only for low-income families.  And Medicare only pays for care that is connected to a hospital discharge....our health care system must cover these vital services...[and] we should promote home-based care, which most people prefer, instead of the institutional care that we emphasize now.

Former U.S. Senator Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-CD)

We need incentives to...keep people in home health care settings...It’s dramatically less expensive than long term care.

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ)


Home care is clearly the wave of the future. It’s clearly where patients want to be cared for. I come from an ethnic family and when a member of our family is severely ill, we would never consider taking them to get institutional care. That’s true of many families for both cultural and financial reasons. If patients have a choice of where they want to be cared for, where it’s done the right way, they choose home.

Donna Shalala, former Secretary of Health and Human Services

A couple of years ago, I spent a little bit of time with the National Association for Home Care & Hospice and its president, Val J. Halamandaris, and I was just blown away. What impressed me so much was that they talked about what they do as opposed to just the strategies of how to deal with Washington or Sacramento or Albany or whatever the case may be. Val is a fanatic about care, and it comes through in every way known to mankind. It comes through in the speakers he invites to their events; it comes through in all the stuff he shares.

Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence

Val’s home care organization brings thousands of caregivers together into a dynamic organization that provides them with valuable resources and tools to be even better in their important work. He helps them build self-esteem, which leads to self-motivation.

Mike Vance, former Dean of Disney and author of Think Out of the Box

Val is one of the greatest advocates for seniors in America. He goes beyond the call of duty every time.

Arthur S. Flemming, former Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare

Val has brought the problems, the challenges, and the opportunities out in the open for everyone to look at. He is a visionary pointing the direction for us. 

Margaret (Peg) Cushman, Professor of Nursing and former President of the Visiting Nurses Association

Although Val has chosen to stay in the background, he deserves much of the credit for what was accomplished both at the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, where he was closely associated with me and at the House Select Committee on Aging, where he was Congressman Claude Pepper’s senior counsel and closest advisor. He put together more hearings on the subject of aging, wrote more reports, drafted more bills, and had more influence on the direction of events than anyone before him or since.

Frank E. Moss, former U.S. Senator

Val’s most important contribution is pulling together all elements of home health care and being able to organize and energize the people involved in the industry.

Frank E. Moss, former U.S. Senator

Anyone working on health care issues in Congress knows the name Val J. Halamandaris.

Kathleen Gardner Cravedi, former Staff Director of the House Select Committee on Aging

Without your untiring support and active participation, the voices of people advocating meaningful and compassionate health care reform may not have been heard by national leaders.

Michael Sullivan, Former Executive Director, Indiana Association for Home Care

All of us have been members of many organizations and NAHC is simply the best there is. NAHC aspires to excellence in every respect; its staff has been repeatedly honored as the best in Washington; the organization lives by the highest values and has demonstrated a passionate interest in the well-being of patients and providers.

Elaine Stephens, Director of Home Care of Steward Home Care/Steward Health Systems and former NAHC C

Home care increasingly is one of the basic building blocks in the developing system of long-term care.  On both economic and recuperative bases, home health care will continue to grow as an essential service for individuals, for families and for the community as a whole.

Former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME)

NCOA is excited to be part of this great event and honored to have such influential award winners in the field of aging.

National Council of Aging

NAHC Overtime Lawsuit Update: Parties Submit Competing Motions to Court of Appeals

September 3, 2015 08:51 AM

As indicated in NAHC Report on August 27, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice’s (NAHC) lawsuit challenging the validity of US Department of Labor (DOL) rules regarding minimum wage and overtime compensation for personal care and live-in aides is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. As a first step in that effort, NAHC and the other association plaintiffs have filed a Motion for Stay with the U.S. Court of Appeals that had earlier reversed the favorable lower court ruling that had vacated the challenged rules. At the same time, the US Department of Justice, representing DOL, filed a Motion for Expedited Issuance of the Mandate. Presently, the Court of Appeals decision is scheduled to take effect on October 13 with an order that the lower court issue a decision in favor of DOL.

NAHC and its co-plaintiffs see the Motion for Stay as a key step in the appeal to the Supreme Court. If a stay is not granted, the rules will go into effect on or about October 13 (depending on the speed of the lower court’s action) even if there is an appeal pending before the Supreme Court. In the event that the Court of Appeals denies the stay request, NAHC intends to seek a stay through the Supreme Court itself. Such a request would be handled by Chief Justice Roberts as he is responsible for such matters involving the District of Columbia appellate circuit.

In its Motion, NAHC and the co-plaintiffs argue that a stay is necessary to protect the interests of consumers, workers, home care businesses, and state Medicaid programs while the Supreme Court considers whether to take on the appeal. If the Court of Appeals ruling goes into effect, Plaintiffs argue that consumers will face access to care problems, loss of continuity of care with the workforce shifting to part-time employees, and a risk that quality of care deteriorates when multiple caregivers replace a single one with a patient/client. As NAHC has held for many years, the rule change also creates a risk of irreparable harm to workers who are likely to lose income when they are relegated to part-time work. Further, it is very clear that state Medicaid programs have not and will not increase payment rates sufficient to cover the costs of overtime. All of these impacts ultimately causes harm to home care businesses that have operated under the overtime exemption for 40 years.

The DOL competing Motion seeks to have the Court of Appeals ruling take effect earlier than the October 13 date. The DOL motion does not specifically suggest an earlier date. However, DOL indicates that it will not bring enforcement actions against any employer until 30 days after the court’s mandate issues. DOL instituted a similar “non-enforcement” policy as the challenged rules were about to take effect on January 1, 2015. Such a policy has very limited value to employers as it would not stop employees and their attorneys from enforcing the rules in a private action.

The Court of Appeals has ordered that each party submit a response to the competing motions by September 14, 2015. It is expected that the Court will issue its rulings on the motions quickly thereafter. In the meantime, NAHC and its co-plaintiffs are preparing to file a Petition for Writ of Certiorari requesting that the US Supreme Court hear the appeal. Supreme Court review is discretionary. NAHC will argue that the importance of the issue to thousands of home care businesses, millions of patients/clients, and hundreds of thousands of workers warrants the Court’s review. NAHC had earlier litigated related overtime issues successfully at the Supreme Court in 2007.




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